myeongdong

3 Days Of Black-And-White In Myeongdong (3)

In which we look at the final image in a series of black-and-white street photography images in colourful Myeongdong.

Streets Of Myeongong 2016: Light And Shadows In The Street 3Streets Of Myeongdong 2016: Light And Shadows 3
Nikon D610, 35mm, f/8, 1/200 ISO 100

There appears to be a strong push for the arts in South Korea. Not the “same old tired traditional tourist hook stuff” mind you, but a genuine push for contemporary and modern art creations. This level of regard for art is quite unique for an Asian country. If you are wondering, those are actually exhaust pipes for either a subway or building.

We now end this short 3-day exhibition of black-and-white in Myengdong. Something different next post – WY

3 Days Of Black-And-White In Myeongdong (2)

In day 2 of this short series, we continue to look at street photography images rendered in black-and-white in colourful Myeongdong.

Streets Of Myeongong 2016: Light And Shadows In The Street 2Myeongdong 2016:Light And Shadows 2
Nikon D610, 35mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO 100

One thing I realized is that geographical climate does indeed has an effect on the appearance of light and photography opportunities. I hardly get this kind of nice light in Singapore, which is hot, humid and often cloudy. The high concentration of water vapour in Singapore probably weakens the appearance of light somewhat. In addition, the cool temperature of places such as Seoul ensures that people are actually willing to walk in the light! This is in stark opposition to warm tropical countries where everyone is scrambling to get out of the sunlight.

Day 3 coming up – WY

3 Days Of Black-And-White In Myeongdong (1)

In which we look at a series of three black-and-white images captured in the streets of Myeongdong in the next three days. These are scheduled posts, as I am currently on a work trip.

There are some who swear by black-and-white imagery. There are others who think colours are more exciting. Indeed many fine photographers build their creative work around one or the other. I am neutral and view both black-and-white and colour as tools to me, the artist. I decide when to use the tool which best fits my artistic vision for an image. They are ultimately my tools, not the other way around.

I will share an image each day for the next three days that showcase street photography in Myeongdong in black-and-white. I have found the rendering of these in monochrome to be more pleasing to the aesthetics of my creative preference, despite Myeongdong’s natural affinity to colours.

Streets Of Myeongong 2016: Light And Shadows In The StreetMyeongdong 2016: Light And Shadows 1
Nikon D610, 60mm, f/3.2, 1/1000, ISO 100

Of course, the vast majority of my images in Myeongdong are still rendered in colour. To check out all my work in the streets of Myeongdong, select the “myeongdong” tag beneath.

Day 2 of 3 coming up – WY

Photo Album 2016 Day 153: Myeongdong Night And Korean Hotpot

In which we look at a night in colourful Myeongdong, and an equally impressive Korean hotpot, Jajang Tteokbokki.

Streets Of Myeongdong 2016: A Stroll In The Colourful NightStreets Of Myeongdong 2016: A Stroll In The Colourful Night
Nikon D610, 60mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 1000

Myeongdong is even more crowded in the night than it is in the day – more people get off work, travellers generally leave shopping to the evenings, less sunny, etc. It is just natural to the human species that retail and F&B only get into full swing in the evenings (except Sundays ;)). More roadside carts selling street food pull onto the streets starting from the late afternoon. The neon signs on display add a lot of colour and ambiance to the night.
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Photo Album 2016 Day #143: Streets Of Myeondong, An Arty Shopping Mall

Right I am changing the title format of my photo posts from “week” to “day”. Makes the titles shorter and less convoluted. 😛

Streets Of Myeong-Dong 2016: The Quiet AlleyStreets Of Myeongdong 2016: A Quiet Alley
Nikon D610, 35mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO 200

Despite the flashy hustle and bustle of Myeongdong, there are bound to be quiet alleys behind the usual busy streets. Continue reading

Photo Album Week 20: Myeongdong Selfie And Cafe

In which we look at Selfies in Myeongdong and a moment in a café.

Streets Of Myeong-Dong 2016: The Green Wall And Couple SelfieStreets Of Myeongdong 2016: Couple Selfie With The Green Wall
Nikon D610, 35mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO 640

There are many skin-care shops in Myeongdong. This attractive wall of greenery is of course the facade for one such store. An unexpectedly popular attraction for photographs and selfies.

Streets Of Myeongdong 2016: Inside A Cafe Looking Out To The Flashy StreetStreets Of Myeongdong 2016: Time Inside A Café
Nikon D610, 60mm, f/2.8, 1/1000, ISO 100

Coffee culture is very strong in Seoul. Or perhaps “cafe culture” is a more accurate description. 😉 There is no lack of atmospheric cafes and dessert shops for people to lounge in, drink stuff, munch stuff, do stuff, and look cool doing all that. In the streets of Myeongdong, such cafes abound everywhere. Hippies rejoice!

More to come – WY

Photo Album 2016 Week 19: Streets Of Myeongdong 2016 (1)

Streets Of Myeong-Dong 2016: Couple Enjoying The StreetsStreets Of Myeongdong 2016: Couple Enjoying The Streets
Nikon D610, 27mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO 100

I last visited Seoul in 2014. I was back again this year from mid-to-late April on a holiday. You would expect that things would not change much within two years. However, I was mistaken. To summarize, two years ago I thought Seoul was an impressive modern city – colourful, advanced, luxurious and extravagant (when you want to find it), rich with a unique blend of east-west ambiance, lots of shopping, all that good stuff.

I could not expect that within a space of only two years, all these things could get even more intense! More advanced, more colourful, more shopping, more luxurious and extravagant, more impressive, wow! Continue reading